Anja Leist

Anja Leist is Associate Professor in Public Health and Ageing and Vice-Head of the Institute for Research on Socio-Economic Inequality at the University of Luxembourg. Her research focuses on cognitive ageing and dementia from a social and behavioural (risk reduction) perspective and is funded among others by the European Research Council. The five-year CRISP project investigates contextual-level influences on cognitive ageing and dementia with a focus on inequalities related to education, socioeconomic status, and gender. Jointly with Prof. Rejko Krüger and Prof. Paul Wilmes, she co-leads an interdisciplinary project on the links between the microbiome, socioeconomic status, and mild cognitive impairment, funded by the University of Luxembourg’s Institute for Advanced Studies. Anja is elected Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and co-founder of the non-profit organization World Young Leaders in Dementia a.s.b.l. (WYLD) network that facilitates careers of young professionals in dementia globally. She serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the national dementia prevention programme pdp and regularly reviews for funders and journals. Her research has been published in Aging Research Reviews, International Journal for Equity in Health, Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Gerontology, and Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.